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welcome back to the "cnn newsroom." a quick look at the stories we're following this hour. two commuter trains collided. dozens of people were treated at the hospital. we'll have the latest on the investigation. then after 16 tornadoes hit north texas destroying homes and entire neighborhoods, residents are returning to this horrific site. and good news, the powerball jackpot keeps growing and growing. now that there's more than $500 million up for grabs, the layest on the jackpot. we have reporters on all these stories. we start with the train
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collision in connecticut. investigators are on the scene right now trying to figure out what caused that commuter train crash. the two trains collided during rush hour last night in bridgeport sending dozens of people to the hospital. susan candiotti is following this story. any closer to finding out how in the world this happened? >> reporter: the work is just barely begun. they are covering 200 yards, the length of two football fields. the national transportation safety board is on site. staggering is how senator blumenthal is describing the damage. he said parts of the sides of trains are sledded like ribbon. 250 passengers were aboard when the two trains collided. initially it was a train from new york to new haven that derailed. another train smacked into it. the two trains going in opposite directions. governor malloy describes what
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happened. >> what happened is a train derailed and is literally plowing through tons of gravel as well as tearing up metal. so it slows the point of impact. >> reporter: there are a lot of possible causes here including problems with the brakes, the tracks, what the crews were doing at the time. nothing has been ruled in or out. and at last check, nine people remain hospitalized, three in critical condition. but at most 70 people at one point were taken to the hospital to be treated. a frightening experience for passengers. >> all of a sudden we just heard, boom, and then we saw smoke everywhere. i was just focusing on my two kids just hugging them. >> i saw people flying over the seat. i held on, but i'm okay.
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>> reporter: authorities are saying it could take days before they can reopen these tracks. that's going to have a huge impact on this very popular commuter line that services about 280,000 people daily between new york and connecticut. and for now, the whole line between new york and boston has been temporarily shut down. >> big mess in so many ways. what kinds of injuries are we talking about with many of the folks who ended up in the hospital? >> reporter: we don't have too many details on all of that, but fortunately the vast majority of people who were treated for injuries have now been released. so that's some good news there. and the fact that these were brand new trains authorities were saying may have helped limit the injuries, fred. >> susan candiotti, thanks so much from bridgeport, keep us posted. the other big story, you see nick valencia there in texas. we're talking about tornadoes touching down there wednesday destroying a neighborhood.
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we know overall at least six people killed. today some residents got permits to return to see what's left. nick, take it it from there. >> reporter: fred, we spent the morning out here at the church of christ in granbury where residents of that neighborhood that was devastated by the ef-4 tornado have returned to try to get permits to reenter into the community. they have told us haunting stories of survival. the most haunting you have heard is the story of 17-year-old dylan whitehead who was picked up by the tornado, tossed around and he told me he thought it was the end. >> i was in the air, and i was about 20, 30 feet up in the air. >> the tornado picked you up? >> yes. and when i opened my eyes, i saw the debris flying around me. a piece of wood hit me in the
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back of the head. i was doing somersaults on the ground. i tried to stop and run away from it. it it kept on dragging me. i kept on getting hit by stuff. something pushed me to the ground and i got knocked out. i woke up and i pulled the debris off me and started running away from it. the wind was still kind of pulling me and dragging me down. i finally got away from it. i looked back at the tornado and it was unreal. >> just an incredible story of survival for dylan. he said he was outside at the time of the tornado. he saw the cloud formation shift. he saw the twister take shape and by that time it was too late. it picked him up. he was knocked out briefly unconscious by a piece of wood. i caught up with him inside here. he's one of hundreds of people inside receiving help from volunteers, insurance companies, charity organizations. everybody trying to piece together life and get some sort
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of normalcy back into their lives. fred? >> right, and a lot of folks are staying in temporary housing and waiting to see what kind of federal assistance they are going to be able to get. are they getting those kinds of answers right now? >> reporter: that's a great question. people feel like they are being helped. lots of volunteers. we were just talking to somebody off camera who showed up with his pickup truck just to volunteer. people bringing food, water. we talked to governor perry yesterday. we posed that question about the federal assistance. he said it's too early to tell and doesn't have a timetable on when or if he'll reach out to the federal government. but people feel like they are getting the help they need. they just know what they go back to won't be the same. >> nick valencia, thank you so much. a lot of folks counting their blessings there. and still considering themselves very lucky. a whole lot of other folks are hoping to get very lucky
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this weekend. among them we're talking about the powerball $600 million jackpot right now. the drawing is tonight. lisa, you have two tickets now hoping to double your chances, but does that really? >> reporter: you know, i wish i could say i was feeling lucky. i maybe cover congress too much to have that sort of faith in numbers. i know how long the odds are here. but i'm going to tell you who is going to make out no matter what. we're going to take you inside to where they are selling tickets. we had folks just go in to buy tickets. the state of virginia and every state that sells tickets at counters like this is going to make a lot of money. in fact, i just got the off the phone with the lottery spokesman. just today virginia alone expects to sell 4.7 million powerball tickets. that's only one state of the 43
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that are selling these. so a lot of folks like me who buy tickets are not going to get lucky, but the states are going to get money no matter what. >> that is very impressive. and that means it can also up the ante, could it not, of the jackpot? we think it's $600 million but because of sales it it could change the number, increase it by the drawing tonight? >> reporter: yes, that's right. if sales pick up today, then absolutely the drawing jackpot will be more than $600 million. that's just an estimate. that noise you heard is the cash regist register, which has been going off all morning. that's a sign maybe the jackpot will be bigger. if no one gets the jackpot, it will be close to $1 billion. but really quick, we talk about the $600 million. that's not actually what you take home. we want to show folks a graphic if they win the jackpot tonight,
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how much they would actually get from this. first of all, the lump sum would be about $376 million. >> i still would not complain. >> reporter: the tax man wants a big chunk. if you take out federal taxes at highest rate, maybe they could get some breaks, if you take out federal taxes in the end, the take home is closer to $227 million. i'm with you, though, i'd still take it. later this afternoon, we want to give folks an idea. we're going to tell you later on what the luckiest numbers have been for powerball and also the lu luckiest states. so stay tuned. >> thanks so much. good luck to you and to me because i'm going to buy some tickets today too. coming up, donald trump is on trial. he's hoping to feel rather lucky in this case. he's on trial now defending himself for allegedly conning an
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elderly woman. while in court he had some rather harsh words for her attorney. you'll hear from attorneys on both sides in a few moments. then some are calling it worse than watergate. the irs under scrutiny. but did it have a good reason to put tea party groups under the microscope as it it did? we'll explain, next. ♪ ♪ fly me to the moon ♪ let me play among the stars ♪ and let me see what spring is like ♪ ♪ on jupiter and mars ♪ in other words [ male announcer ] the classic is back. ♪ i love [ male announcer ] the all-new chevrolet impala. chevrolet. find new roads.
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the irs now is under damage control mode now a federal report shows it targeted groups seeking tax except status. the fallout? the acting commissioner resigned, irs workers in ohio are under particular scrutiny now. and it also means a lot of folks are asking the big question, what exactly is a 501-c4 organization and why do they get tax breaks? they are tax exempt operating exclusively to promote social welfare. they can't be involved with a candidate for office. no donations or promotion. they are allowed to educate the public about all sorts of issues including politics and can lobby the government. the key is they cannot do it in
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a partisan manner and cannot be affiliated with any political party. so sheila creme l is the director for the center of responsive politics and she's joining us, the group that tracks money in politics and its effects on elections. is this an issue of finding those who are manipulating the tax code? what's wrong with it or is it the method that was chosen here? >> i think we have a serious concern about 501 social welfare organizations and other organizations that are trying to have their cake and eat it too. they are sometimes trying to masquerade as social welfare organizations while being largely, if not in some cases primarily, political in their activities. so we have an enormous issue to deal with. first we need to grapple with
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what's happened this past week. >> is this hyperbole or did the irs overstep its bounds? >> there's no question the irs overstepped its bounds. they were clumsy and that's the charitable view. at a minimum, there was incompetence. they weren't sensitive to the idea that would be viewed through a political lens on capitol hill during a presidential election year. it's really outrageous that this happened at all. >> okay so you wrote in the "new york times" in an op-ed and you said, quote, after all some of these tea party groups are most likely not innocent groups or to more other virtues. they are are groups that may be illegally spending a majority of their resources on political activity while manipulating the tax code to hide their donors and evade taxes. so if that is the suspicion, why
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so much flak over this? resignations, hearings, et cetera? >> we have to grapple with what's just happened and there has to be consequences. it was a serious infraction on the part of these agents and their managers including those in washington, d.c. not just in the cincinnati office. there should be consequences and this will be an investigation that continues for weeks, if not months, and if some have their way, through the midterm or presidential election cycle. but we need to deal with this, but we can't lose sight of the fact that there's a larger pressing issue that hundreds of millions of dollars were being spent by these so-called social welfare organizations and those are the really concerning ones on both sides of the aisle. >> sheila, thank you for being with us, appreciate it. >> my pleasure, thank you. there are lines, crowds, and there's a lot of heat. you know what i'm talking about.
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if you have ever been to disney world, you know it can be a long wait to get on to the rides. this week a social researcher in new york said she uncovered a group of parents who are paying disabled people to help them cut lines at disneyworld. disney has a policy for those who are disabled to go to the front of the line.
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a social worker discovered this practice of wealthy hiring the disabled to cut lines because of friends that she knows. and i asked her about this practice. >> i'm a midwest eriner and i came to live here through marriage and child rearing. i discovered there was a rare in new york of parents and children in private school. they have their own rituals and practices. i learned about this through word of mouth, through other parents talking about it it. and i think when that mother said this is how the 1% lives and does disney, she was probably being ironic, but it it points out a truth. this particular tribe does live differently from the rest of the country to state it it mildly. >> do you think it says something about the state of the
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culture or just about this tribe? >> i think that as you point out this is a behavior that many people who have the power and the money to engineer everything from the perfect vacation to the perfect wardrobe this is something that they do. it's a surprising practice. it's only one of many. and it is baffling and shocking to most of america. i think that's why it has sparked such a conversation, this particular story. >> is there no outrage within this tribe? there's no outrage within these families on either side whether it be the disabled family's side or whether those who were dispensing the money, no outrage? >> i think there's been a lot of outrage. as an anthropologist, your job is to study the culture, to study the human behavior and put
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it out there. and then people honestly have an open conversation about it. and while it's not by job to form opinions or pass jum, i have been really interested to see how this particular story has been a spring board really for conversations all across the country about power and prestige and wealth and who has it and why. and just this one anecdote opens a window on a world that people are going to find fascinating and baffling and sometimes distressing. and i have to say that the other side of this story is that some of my native informants, as we refer to them in anthropology, expressed great -- she said this is how the 1% does it. people have a sense -- another woman said to me, you know, the way we live our lives here and
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by which she meant the privileged and powerful parents in manhattan is ridiculous. and a lot of people realize that and have misgivings about it it. a lot of them do a lot of charitable work. a lot of them do a the lot of giving back, but it doesn't change the fact that much of their lifestyle is something that other americans will find fascinating, off putting and want to know more about it. >> thanks so much. good to see you. appreciate it it. >> thank you for having me. >> cnn did reach out to the tour company allegedly involved in using disabled people a the park, but we have not received a response. and disney says it is looking into the matter and will crackdown on any abuse of their policy for people with disabilities. donald trump is on trial and he got a little nasty in the courtroom. the words of others, not ours. we'll explain, next.
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e-mails once thought lost now could prove helpful to the jackson family. the e-mails could show that the star's now deceased manager was work more for the interest of the concert promoter than for jackson. the computer containing the messages disappeared but the wife located it. the jackson family blames aeg live for the lawsuit and says hiring conrad murray. the civil trial resumes on monday. the powerball jackpot is at $600 million. today is last day to buy a ticket. the lump sum before taxes could mean more than $376 million. it is the largest jackpot in powerball history. the drawing is tonight. remember, you have to play to win. donald trump took the stand in his own defense this week in a civil suit brought against him by an 87-year-old woman. things got a little feisty
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between him and the woman's lawyer. the judge, in fact, had to tell him to cool it. sara shulty has more. >> reporter: donald trump gives a peace sign as he walks into federal court, but inside the courtroom it was anything but peaceful. the real estate mogul went head to head with the lawyer questioning him. it it became so contentious between the two the judge stopped the proceedings, stood up and told trump and the attorney, this is not a boxing match. they demand they get control of themselves and take a deep breath. >> i think everyone was agitated. he had asked the same questions 15 different ways over and over again. is he a good attorney wsh personally, i don't think so. >> jacki goldberg is the mother of four who is suing the trump organization for a bait and switch job over two hotel condo units goldberg wanted to buy. she claims she was told the deal
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would include profits from the hospitality business. she says the trump organization reanythi went back on the deal. the billionaire says he's the victim in this case. >> she's trying to rip me off. she put up a deposit. the market changed and now she wants her deposit back so she concocted this situation. >> she says the terms of the deal changed. the 87-year-old is suing to get her $500,000 back and more. trump continued to blast goldberg after he concluded his testimony this afternoon. >> nobody that i have ever seen has played the age card better than her. she's got a lot of money, she's made a lot of money, she knows everything that's going on and it's really disgraceful. >> that was sara shulty reporting from our affiliate. strong words from the real estate mogul. this lawsuit is stirring up a lot of emotions as you can imagine.
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we'll hear from both sides right now. we'll start with shelley coolwin, the lawyer for the plaintiff. so it sounds like things got very tense in the courtroom. did you anticipate that it would get so fiery? >> you never know what's going to happen with a witness. when people aren't telling the truth, it tends not to get as fiery. when they refuse to answer a question, he's the type of lawyer that i will keep answering it different ways if they never answer the question. mr. trump wanted to talk about a lot of things except one thing, the truth, what happened. he wanted to talk about everything else. that's what he did. i kept coming and it bothered him. he's probably not used to people saying to him, answer the question. i don't think people do that to him very often. >> you have been trying to press him on behalf of your client that she went into this thinking that this was going to be a great investment opportunity.
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she put money down to buy these condos and would also receive a certain percentage from parties that would take place in the meeting rooms, but the trump folks are saying there was a condition in a clause in that contract which said they could change that if they wanted to. and that's what they did. and she's saying, no, that's not the case? >> well, the whole thing about this contract clause is the biggest red hair iing in this case. this is a fraud case. there's no contract claim in the case. if you come to me and say i want to buy a red car because red is your favorite color and i say, sure, i'll sell you a red car, but there's a clause saying i can't give you a red car, i have to give you blue. they say look at the contract clause. they normally would win that case. if at the time you sign the contract, they had no red paint
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and they knew they were never going to give you a red car, that's fraud. >> so you're saying there was no contract clause? there were no conditions at all? >> no, that's not what i'm saying. there was a contract clause, but what i'm saying if you know when you sign the contract, the fact that later on a clause allows him to take it away doesn't matter because he committed fraud when he had you sign the contract? is understand that? >> she apparently, or at least trump is saying and testified, that she was about to walk the other way. and said, wait a minute, i really don't want there to be a condition. i would like to know i'm make ing this down payment and i'm also going to get profits. will you take that out of the contract? he's alleging, no, and she still
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proceeded. is that true? >> her lawyer wrote a letter. i don't know whether that's going to get into evidence. and i don't think it's relevant. if you're lying to get somebody to sign a contract, that's fraud. people keep losing sight of that. mr. trump knew when he made the deal e he wasn't going to give away $40 million of real estate to the hotel condo association in the trump tower. he wasn't going to give away a $5 million revenue stream with $1.3 million of profits. he did it because he had to sell units because he couldn't find an anchor tenant and couldn't get financing unless he could sell more units. it's chrrystal clear. there's no contract claim in this case at all. zero, none. >> you're back in court on
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monday, yes? >> yes, we are. one other thing i'd like to say. this whole buyers remorse thing they've been pushing, this isn't a case of buyers remorse. this is a case of an 87-year-old woman who is sharp, smart, and knew when she was being taken. they have no evidence at all. the evidence is the contrary that she had any buyers remorse. looking forward to court on monday. >> trump's words, she's using the age card here. your response to that? >> an 84-year-old woman decides. i'll just go file a lawsuit against a billionaire and then try to play sympathy. it has nothing to do with the age card. that would be like us saying mr. trump is trying to play the hair-challenged card. it has nothing to do with the case. >> come on now. thanks so much. appreciate your time. all the best to both sides.
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we're now going to talk to the other side after this break. what donald trump's side of story is saying. his defense attorney joining us right after this.
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donald trump is being sued by an 87-year-old woman who put a $500,000 deposit on tw co co s condos. she says by purchasing the units she would also get a cut of profits from ballroom rentals. to her that was a smart business decision. then she says trump's company rescinded that money and goldberg says no deal and wants her deposit back. before the break you heard the argument from her attorney. now i'm joined by donald trump's
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defense attorney. so is that right, that donald trump was lying and in his words lying to get that contract signed? that he, quote, knew he wasn't going to live up to the promise? that's from moments ago. >> no, that's not right at all. you have to remember how this started. she's a smart person. she was represented by a lawyer. she was presented with a contract that said those changes could be made. her lawyer tried to get that clause out of the contract and trump dise agreed. she had ten-day period within which to say, you know what, if you're not going to take that out of the contract, i'm walking away from the deal. she could have had her earnest money back, no questions asked. instead she decided to go forward with the deal. you asked the council, was there such a clause and he said yes.
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but then he had a bunch of yes buts. they never intended to do this from the get-go. the trial has been going on for days. he's had every one of the trump people on the witness stand. he's gotten to evidence whatsoever of that intent and every single witness mr. trump included said that was not the case. the decision to put those things in in the first place was made by one set of executives for good reason to them at the time. it was taken out for good reason, including that it was better for the unit owners for them not to have that burden and that risk. there's testimony in the record that money was lost on those amenities and the owners were shielded from that. and so that statement that there was no intent from the get-go is just not going to carry any water just like the rest of the
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case has carried no water so far. >> so the intent was that the buyer knew what she was getting into. we heard there was a clause that said there were conditions and the trump tower folks could make a decision as to whether to rescind that incentive. but you know we heard from their side saying there was really going to be a living up to the promise and that that underscores the whole argument of intent. that donald trump was really kind of conning potential buyers. >> again, that's not the case and that's not the evidence. the evidence is that one se of executives for reasons they thought were good at time put those elements into the deal. those people were gone years
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before -- i don't mean to speak over you. >> we have a delay. >> the people that made that decision were gone for years before the decision to change was made. the new person that came in that made the decision to remove these items for his good reasons made that conclusion. and as i said one of the reasons, only one, he believed was in the best interest of everyone. it was in the interest of trump to be sure. it was in the interest of the unit owners and in interest of their association. we will have an expert witness, our first witness when our turn comes will testify exactly to that, that that's the standard in the industry. >> as far as you know, no one else challenging their contract like ms. goldberg? >> there was one other challenge out of 150 purchasers. these have been people that have been there for years.
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no one has sued to say i didn't get what i was supposed to get. no one has sued to say that the quality is bad as far as i know. one sue was filed. it was filed by the same lawyer who filed this suit filed the other suit. this is the only suit that's going to go to judgment on this issue. >> steve novak, thank you for your time. best of luck to both sides. hopefully this can be resolve amicably, if possible. >> thank you very much for having me. >> thanks so much. more more after this. twenty-five thousand mornings, give or take, is all we humans get. we spend them on treadmills. we spend them in traffic. and if we get lucky, really lucky, it dawns on us to go spend them in a world where a simple sunrise can still be magic. twenty-five thousand mornings.
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now to the cleveland kidnapping case. three women went from years of enslavement, fear and abuse to the moments of may 6th when one of them broke free. a bystander captured the scene that day on a cell phone. you see officers first rushing to the scene experiencing a turn of events so powerful they describe it it actually brought tears to one officer's eyes. listen to that officer explaining what happened as he entered the home to help liberate two of the victims. >> you know, something is going on in this room and i'm looking and waying to see what's going to happen.
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it was michelle, she kind of popped out into the doorway and paused there for a second. within moments she came charging at me. she jumped on to me. she's like, you saved us, you saved us. i'm holding on to her so tight and then within a few seconds i see another girl come out of the bedroom. i just look at her. you can immediately tell who it is. just thinner and i just needed confirmation. and i asked her, what's your name? she said my name is geena dejesus. >> barbara johnson also says one of the victims jumped into her arms saying please don't let me go. she said that repeatedly. you'll hear more from the first responders in our 3:00 eastern
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so gun fire and a jewelry heist, not unusual on the screen. oh, boy, this was not on screen. this was real life, real drama at the if i am festival, and in the end a 43-year-old man was
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arrested after firing a gun loaded with blanks during a live television interview that was taking place on that set there. the chaos of course sent even oscar winning actor christopher waltz running for cover. the suspect who authorities are not identifying did tell police apparently he believes in god and wants to change the world. he was examined by a psychiatrist who says he is not mentally ill. if that wasn't exciting enough, how about jewels worth about a million dollars stolen from a hotel room in cannes? >> reporter: this week they're the most riveting sight on the rivie riviera, bodies bejewelled by the biggest bobbles and all of that blik an irresistible target for paparazzi and thieves. as the celebs discovered, the
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diamonds disappear. >> diamonds, the only thing in the world you can't resist. >> reporter: a jewelry heist? sounds just like the plot of the 1955 classic to catch a thief. >> filmed on the beautiful french riviera. >> a strong grip. >> reporter: the jewelry company says this thief is no carey grant managing to make off with less than a million dollars worth of bling, small potatos when you are talking diamonds in 2013. the bigger question for us, why are they all bringing the wears to cannes? what's in it for them? it turns out big bucks >> they're not passing through a lot of hands along the way. they're very secure as they travel. we make sure that we have accountability every step of the way. >> reporter: wendy adler says once her father started loaning his pieces to celebrities to wear on the red carpet, sales to
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real people, well, they spiked. >> sort of helps to showcase your designs on a larger scale and larger audience. >> reporter: while the investigation in cannes continues they say the thief swiped a safe sometime between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. prime party time during the week long film festival. perhaps the thief was taking advantage of that night's hot premiere, the bling ring by director sophia coppola. that film is about, you guessed it, a jewelry heist. it debuted within hours of the real life lift. life imitating art imitating life on the movie world's most glamourous stage. >> thanks so much, jake, on that one. police say whoever did that clearly knew where the jewels were in that hotel room and it is likely they say that more
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